What is Thermage® ?
The Thermage® procedure employs a patented radiofrequency (RF) technology called ThermaCool®. It has been clinically proven to tighten and gently lift skin to smooth out wrinkles and renew facial contours. The incision-free procedure is fast and easy, and it requires no downtime from normal activities. The procedure can be performed on patients of all skin types.
The ThermaCool® device has been cleared by the FDA for the non-invasive treatment of facial wrinkles. The Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center offers this treatment for the face, neck, eyes and body. This service is offered at our Larkspur office.
Who is a Good Candidate for Thermage®?
Almost anyone can be considered a good candidate for Thermage® treatment. People who have mild-to-moderate sagging skin are more likely to benefit from this treatment than people with severe facial sagging. Ideally, patients seeking skin tightening treatment with Thermage® are between the ages of 30 and 65 experiencing the early stages of aging. Additionally, treatment works best for patients who are looking to improve the appearance of their neck, brow, and eyelid areas, as well as the cheeks and jowls.
It is always important to have realistic expectations when undergoing a cosmetic procedure. While this treatment will improve the overall appearance of the face, it will not result in any radical changes. Be sure to discuss your expectations during your consultation to ensure that both you and Dr. Armen Serebrakian are on the same page.
How Does Thermage® Work?
The ThermaCool® system uses a sophisticated treatment tip called ThermaTip™, which delivers a controlled amount of RF energy. With each touch to the skin, the ThermaTip™ device uniformly heats a large volume of collagen in the deeper layers of the skin and its underlying tissue, while simultaneously protecting the outer layer of the skin with cooling. This deep uniform heating action causes deep structures in your skin to immediately tighten. Over time, new and remodeled collagen is produced to further tighten skin, resulting in healthier, smoother skin and a more youthful appearance.
Benefits of Thermage® Skin Tightening
Thermage® skin rejuvenation treatment is a great way to restore youth and beauty to the face. Additional benefits of this procedure include:
- Increased confidence
- Smoothen wrinkles and fine lines
- Contour the chin and jaw
- Tighter skin
- More youthful appearance
In some cases, Thermage® is used to reduce and tighten sagging skin on the body. Be sure to be clear about your concerns during your initial consultation.
Immediately following a Thermage® procedure, skin feels tighter, smoother, and more youthful. Overtime, additional tightening will be noticed.
Recently published studies conducted by Thermage® show that measurable tightening improvements appear gradually over two to six months after a single treatment, and many patients report experiencing an earlier response.
Thermage® Treatment Side Effects
As it does not use any foreign chemicals or fillers for treatment, Thermage® is considered to be an extremely safe procedure. However, this does not meant that it is without its risks. Common side effects of Thermage® skin tightening include:
- Temporary skin sensitivity
- Light swelling